How would you describe your act in five words?
Dry, sardonic, political…facially expressive?
How long have you been doing comedy?
My first gig was about 2 years ago though I was rather slow getting started - I blame the General Election.
What is your day job?
Linked to my last answer, I work for an MP (Labour). I'm really lucky - she is very supportive.
What has been your worst job?
A poorly paid nanny for very naughty French children.
Why do you love comedy?
Because I love to laugh! And I like the unpredictability of it all.
Who are your heroes?
Too many - so I'll just go with Jessica Mitford... guess I should also say my family? Oh and Mo Mowlam. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of fictional characters.
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
I moved to France for a bit and got involved in comedy theatre. Prior to that I would often attempt to tell jokes during speeches when I was involved in student politics, much to my comrades’ dismay.
What was your first gig like?
It was grand, I invited lots of friends and text them a line telling them when to laugh. Though it was retrospectively a bit embarrassing, it happened to be a competition heat - it was my first week back in the UK and I didn't really know what I was doing.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I’ve read A Song of Ice and Fire twice.
What has been your favourite gig?
G&B Girl Power night. I MC it from time to time and it’s just the best fun. G&B in general is a wonderful gig.
And describe your worst?
I remember a gig where an act pointed at a woman in the audience and called her “ugly”. Hilarious.
I can't remember ever being heckled (well not loudly enough perhaps). Maybe I’ve been doing the wrong gigs but I’ve found the scene incredibly warm on the whole. Saying that - I do always enjoy being introduced as a “female comedienne”.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
Tough one - performing itself is wonderful, it's full of surprises but I'd have to say the community. People say some comics can be a bit gossipy and competitive but most of these people have never worked in politics.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
That comedy is not only subjective but random!
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
I’m too ambitious to divulge. So I’ll say it would be nice if my mam has come to a gig and not completely disapproved. I also have this rather odd wish to do satirical stuff in sectarian parts of Northern Ireland.
Any other aspirations?
Marry a rich man?
What's your favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
Thatcher is walking down the street and spots a homeless man begging. She mumbles about these “lazy good-for-nothing people, always scrounging off others...”But as she nears him she’s sees his sign reads “Falklands veteran - hungry”.Feeling sorry for the veteran she pulls a pound out of her purse and drops it in the cup.“Muchos gracias” he replies.
Dannie Grufferty // @DannieGruff
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